Warp; Wool, Z2S, natural ivory.
Weft: Wool, Z, Z2, 2 - 4 shoots light red.
Pile: Wool, symmetrical knot.
Density: 9 - 11h and 7 - 9 v.
Sides: Not original.
Ends: Warp fringe.
Colors: Ivory, gold, light blue, blue, blue green, ochre, dark brown.
Sotheby's Fine Oriental and European Carpets
December 14, 1995, New York City
Est. $20,000 - 30,000
Provenance: The Joseph R. Rittman Collection. Purchased from Eberhart
Literature: Eberhart Herrmann , Seltene Orientteppiche IX, Munich, 1987
plate 25, pg. 67
Hali, #35, Hali gallery plate XV.
Christie's ‘Oriental Rugs and Carpets’ will take place 8 October 2013 in
King Street London
LOT 24. A CHELABERD RUG, SOUTH CAUCASUS, LATE
18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY EST. £30,000 – £50,000
Lot 56 A CHELABERD RUG
SOUTH CAUCASUS, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Price Realized £32,500 ($52,293)
£20,000 - £25,000
($31,960 - $39,950)
Christies SALE 1556 —
ORIENTAL RUGS AND CARPETS
7 October 2014
London, King Street
A CHELABERD RUG
SOUTH CAUCASUS, LATE 18TH/EARLY
Of 'sunburst' design, light even overall wear, a few
reweaves with scattered associated cobbled repairs and repiling,
re-selvaged, each end rewoven along part or all of the far outer minor
6ft. x 4ft.10in. (183cm. x 147cm.)
THE PROPERTY OF AN ASIAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Eberhart Herrmann, Seltene Orientteppiche IX, Munich, 1987,
Benjamin J. Fernandes, A Weaver's Ode to Joy, Singapore,
Antichi Tappeti dell'Anatolia e del Caucaso, exhibition,
Turin, 1987, reviewed Hali 33, January/March 1987, p.58
Red Tails, exhibition, Singapore, 2000, reviewed Hali 112,
September/October 2000, p.141
This sunburst Kazak
belongs to a rare group of well-documented late 18th and early 19th
century rugs, of which this is the only known blue-ground example. The
group represent a bridge in the design evolution of the sunburst carpets
of 18th century Karabagh, to the ubiquitous Chelaberd rugs of the later
19th century. The known examples are:
The Victoria and
Albert Museum sunburst rug (Hali, vol.3, no.2, fig.7, p.99)
The red Herrmann/Bortz/Fernandes (H/B/F) rug (Eberhart Herrmann,
Seltene Orientteppiche IV, Munich, 1982, no.44, pp.146-7; Hali, vol.5,
no.2, pl.7, p.208; The Bortz Collection, Sotheby's London, 29 May 1998,
lot 13; Hali 112, September/October 2000, p.141)
starburst medallion rug formerly in the James D. Burns Collection sold
in these Rooms, 18 October 2001, lot 277
The sunburst Kazak in the
collection of the National Gallery of Prague (illustrated in 'Exhibitions
in Brief', Hali 149, November 2006, p.99)
5. The Richardson sunburst
medallion rug, current whereabouts unknown (Through the Collector's Eye, ;
Oriental Rugs from New England Private Collections, Rhode Island, 1991,
The Liambei rug, sold in these Rooms, 7 October 2010, lot 97 ('APG',
Hali 167, p.157).
Whilst the present rug is unique amongst the rest
of the red-ground examples, it is most closely related to the rug
in the Victoria
and Albert Museum. Both share a beautiful archaic border and have
charming animal and bird details in the field design.